Thursday, December 20, 2012

Takko Lacquer Kiss The Sky, a shimmery blurple

This was an early X-mas present from my friend Robyn.  I really appreciate it, thank you!  Out of all the purples I have, I can't believe I didn't have this one.  This reminded me of Max Factor FF in color, but the shimmer is more like RBL Scrangie.  I did experience some of what Michaela from NPA had mentioned, I saw some pigment pieces while polishing, but the final result is as you see it in the pictures here, you can't really tell.  This definitely looks better in the sun, and you can see the color shift much better in daylight.






Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
2 coats Takko Lacquer Kiss The Sky
Hong Kong Girl Topcoat

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Models Own Glitter Bomb

These two pretties are from the newest collex called Winter Wonderland, they are super sparkly.  Blizzard has squares which I loved, but it also has some random green gitters o.O I think somehow the batch got contaminated or something, because I got one green hex every 2 or 3 nails.  Southern Lights is stunning, but not at all like the purple from the promo pictures.  It is a very subtle lilac with a remarkable holographic effect.  The formula for this one is very gritty, it reminded me of the Color Club Glitters from a couple of Christmas ago.  Love both of these together, might make a good NYE mani.




Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
1 coat Models Own Southern Lights
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
1 coat Models Own Southern Lights
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
1 coat Models Own Blizzard
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Topcoat

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shimmer Eva

Eva is a perfect two coater.  It has a tinted base that is a rich shade of cherry red.  The formula dries on the bumpy side, so I think two coats of topcoat or basecoat/topcoat combo are a must.  I love the color against my skintone, and especially this time of year, when dark reds look classier than ever.  I did an accent nail with Cristina, another Shimmer glitter, but this one is so gorgeous that it deserves a post on its own, so I will review it later on.

Where to order: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish color chart here







Layering Order:
2 coats Shimmer Eva
3 coats Shimmer Cristina (ring only)
Tree-shaped decals
Red and green loose glitter
2 coats Poshe Basecoat
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, December 17, 2012

Max Factor Moon Dust is a metallic grey-toned purple

Today I'm wearing something very simple, because to be honest the weather is not good for photographing glitters.  I want the sun to come out tomorrow so bad!  I have so much I want to swatch.  Let's hope tomorrow it gets better.  This metallic purple reminded me of Zoya Mimi, one of my favorite purples.  Moon Dust is greyed out instead, but it is as sparkly as Mimi.  This one only required two effortless coats; makes me wonder what other good Max Factor nail polishes are out there.  I love the pink sheen that it has it certain lights, it also reminded me of another nail polish I own.  Nevertheless, this is unique, and I think it looks good in this wintery weather.








Layering Order:
Barielle Hydrating Ridgefiller
2 coats Max Factor Moon Dust
Barielle Manicure Extender
Hong Kong Girl Topcoat

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Hi lovelies, glad to be back! I missed the blog so much! and my readers of course <3  I received this green as part of a lovely set from Barielle, which I will review soon; it has some really great creamy colors.  I don't remember the last time I wore a color like this, but I thought it was perfect for a wintery afternoon.  I'm off to do some grocery shopping, need to stock up on traditional spices for the holidays :)




Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
2 coats Barielle Mint Ice Cream Cone
1 coat Models Own Disco Inferno
Hong Kong Girl Topcoat 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Literary Lacquers Gift of the Magi Collection

Amy from Literary Lacquers says that the collection consists of “3 full coverage glitters: a bright holly green glitter with silver and scattered holo glitter [Gift of the Magi], a grey crelly with iridescent, black and white glitters peeping through [Grey Cat/Grey Fence], and an icy icy icy aqua blue with crazy shimmer, iridescent and white glitters [Bright Spirit].  1 glitter top coat: copper and silver glitters [$1.87].  A red shimmery linear holo [Greatest Treasures], and 3 shimmers: Barbie sparkle party pink [Sudden Serious Sweetness], elegant navy blue shimmer with a slight shift [Generosity and Love], and molten rosy copper [They Are Wisest].”

Robyn, who graciously did this review for me says “Greatest Treasures was one of my favorites in this collection! I love holos and have never even tried a reddish holo until now and it didn't disappoint.  I couldn't stop staring at my nails.  This is 3 coats, no topcoat for these pics.  Generosity and Love is a beautiful dark blue. I don't have anything like this in my collection. My only advice when applying this polish is to let it dry a while before doing your second and third coat. I am impatient by nature so I learned this the hard way. I had to re-do two nails, but it was worth it. The end result is gorgeous.  Regarding Grey Cat/Grey Fence, I'm typically not a huge fan of grey polishes. I have a history of buying them from Sephora and thinking maybe this is 'the grey' but then returning them before I even wear them. This grey blew me away! The formula was fantastic and It applied perfectly. This grey is a keeper.  $1.87, just look at this one. It's a beauty! Easy to apply, two coats over They Were The Wisest. A perfect combo in my book.  The formula of They Are Wisest, was awesome. 3 coats applied smooth and dried quickly. I couldn't wait to get the next polish on top of this, $1.87. These two polishes were made for one another.  Sudden Serious Sweetness, this is one of my favorites. It's simply beautiful. I have a hard time finding pinks I really like. I find light pink polishes hard to apply and I always wind up messing them up. This polish went on like a dream. AND, it is soooo pretty! I love it.  Bright Spirit was my favorite in the bottle. I'm a sucker for blue polish. I saved this one for last because I knew I wanted to keep it on for a couple of days. I applied two coats like normal, and then dabbed on my third to get more glitter coverage.  I love green polish. I don't love green as much as blue, but it's a close 2nd. Gift of the Magi is one of my new favorite greens. It was so easy to work with. I can't wait to wear it again, and it'll definitely be one I wear around the holidays."

And I say “What a cheerful Holiday Collection! I am so in love with that grey and that gold.  Check out these beautiful lacquers while they are on sale (see last picture for details).  A big thanks to Robyn for helping me and cheers to Amy for this wonderful ensemble of pretties; and thanks for hosting this sale!”


Where to order: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryLacquer






Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers Greatest Treasures
no topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers Generosity and Love
Butter London Hardwear






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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers Grey Cat/Grey Fence
Butter London Hardwear

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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers They Are Wisest
2 coats Literary Lacquers $1.87
Butter London Hardwear

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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers They Are Wisest
Butter London Hardwear

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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers Sudden Serious Sweetness
Butter London Hardwear

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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers Bright Spirit
Butter London Hardwear

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Layering Order:
Butter London Nail Foundation
3 coats Literary Lacquers Gift of the Magi
Butter London Hardwear